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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB comes with a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which comes with GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (75%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB will be 100% faster than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be a lot (more or less 200%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22400 (200%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is a lot (approximately 243%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6800 (243%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 430 1GB

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB GeForce GT 430 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92a/b GF108
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 96
Texture Mapping Units 56 16
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 585 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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